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Turkey Coup Update 2,839 members of military detained - Yildirim

Yildirim said 161 people had been killed and 1,440 wounded in the coup attempt.

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Turkish PM - Binali Yildirim

(Reuters)

A total of 2,839 members of Turkey's military have been detained in connection with an attempted coup overnight, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday, adding that those detained included ordinary soldiers and high-ranking officers.

Yildirim, in a news conference in the capital Ankara, said the situation was fully under control and that "our commanders" were in charge of the military. He called on Turkish citizens to fill town and city squares with flags on Saturday evening and said parliament would meet at 1200 GMT to discuss the attempt.

Friday night's coup attempt was a black mark on Turkish democracy but the nation has given the "best response" to terrorists, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday.

At a news conference in Ankara, Yildirim said members of the "parallel structure" - government shorthand for the followers of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen - were in the hands of Turkish justice.

Yildirim said 161 people had been killed and 1,440 wounded in the coup attempt.

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